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Your Illustrated Guide to Pairing Fashion and Wine
Illustrations by Judith Van Den Hoek
Armani, Versace, Wang, Gaultier… We check out eight designers and find the wine that suits their style. Also, which fashion icons have turned to winemaking?
The Designer: Michael Kors
The Wine: Lodi Zinfandel
The Essence: A true American success story, Zinfandel seemingly came out of nowhere to liven up our lives and wine glasses. Although some versions can come on a little strong—think Michael Kors on Project Runway—most bottles from Lodi are as easy and approachable as a Michael Kors handbag or summer dress. The bold fruit and strong acidity are ideal for meaty, smoky cookout fare, while some Zinfandels from Lodi would not be out of place at a refined dinner.
Fun Fashion Fact
What wine goes with animal prints? The best answer may come from Italian designer Roberto Cavalli, who founded Cavalli Tenuta degli Dei with his son, Tommaso, who serves as its winemaker. Located in Panzano in Chianti, the winery produces two Toscana red blends and a Chianti Classico.
The Designer: Donatella Versace
The Essence: Strong yet elegant
The Wine: Priorat
The Essence: Massively structured with big, gripping tannins and ripe fruit flavors, yet characteristically elegant in strong mineral elements and spicy nuances, the wines of Priorat are great expressions of balanced opposites. The complex dichotomy—striking and edgy yet surprisingly graceful—echoes the designs of Versace, who partners a penchant for metals and bling with quality craftsmanship and overall harmony.
Fun Fashion Fact
Designer and style icon Coco Chanel was famous for the little black dress, but the House of Chanel diversified into red with the purchase of Bordeaux stalwarts Château Rauzan-Ségla, Château Canon and Ulysse Cazabonne. Chanel also acquired Napa Valley winery St. Supéry in 2015.